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Plastics Industry at a Critical Juncture

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By Tim Barnette, Vice President – Polymers & Sustainability Plastics, as an industry, has entered a new domain once thought unattainable. Circularity is no longer just a concept or even a goal – end-to-end plastic recycling is already here. This new reality was evident at NPE2024 – where companies from around the world came to Orlando for the f...

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Building Resilient Teams: AmSty’s Hector Bedoya

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When Hector Bedoya was promoted to plant manager at AmSty's Torrance, California, polystyrene plant his priority was the people. He promptly scheduled one-on-one meetings with each of the 33 employees, listening intently to understand who they are, their areas of expertise, and where they saw challenges and opportunities. "As a manager, you must lo...

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The Power of the 5 Graces of Life and Leadership

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 By Kevin Stallmo In 2022, after a long two years of adjusting to the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic, I discovered a book entitled "The 5 Graces of Life and Leadership" by Gary Burnison, CEO of Korn Ferry, the leading executive recruiting and leadership training company on the planet in my opinion. As Sales Director at AmSty, and a voracious...

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Fostering an Atmosphere of Trust: AmSty’s Christina Guice

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Christina Guice was drawn to AmSty because of its values. As a chemical engineer who spent 12 years in various industries, she was offered the role of production engineer at the company's plant in Joliet, Illinois, in 2016 and knew AmSty was the right fit. "They genuinely care about people. I had an opportunity to meet people here and they were pro...

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Environment, Health and Safety: AmSty’s Values in Action

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AmSty has an impressive record that exemplifies its dedication to safety and the environment. As highlighted in the 2023 AmSty sustainability report, "Driving Sustainable Change," the company's safety record, measured by the Recordable Incident Rate (RIR), is in the top quartile of chemical companies in the American Chemistry Council (ACC). Also, s...

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A Successful Plant Manager’s Philosophy: Elevating Employees

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Jennifer Hellmich wants employees to see what they're capable of "and get excited about it." As plant manager at AmSty's Hanging Rock, Ohio, facility, Hellmich has plenty of experience to draw upon in her leadership role. The chemical engineer has been with AmSty 14 years, serving as quality coordinator, improvement engineer and operations coach be...

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Polystyrene Plastic: Making Life Better

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By Richard Shaw, Director, Circular Economy & Sustainability  I can't imagine a life without plastic, specifically polystyrene plastic, which is one of the products AmSty makes. Created from styrene monomer, another product we produce, polystyrene has a long been a favorite of manufacturers because it's durable, attractive, lightweight, to...

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3 Keys to Hiring Inspired Employees: AmSty’s Christina Guice

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Plant Manager Christina Guice prides herself on a hands-off approach. As the manager of AmSty's plant in Joliet, Illinois, where high-impact polystyrene plastic is made – a material used in the interior lining of refrigerators, disposable party cups and various food and medical packaging – Guice doesn't need to micromanage. She oversees a small tea...

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AmSty Partners to Promote Responsible Waste Stewardship

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The Woodlands, Texas – November 13, 2023 – AmSty is now a proud member of CHWMEG, Inc. (CHWMEG), joining more than 300 members globally who share a vision of responsible waste stewardship as they reduce, recycle and reuse the waste associated with their businesses. The purpose of CHWMEG, a non-profit trade association comprised of a broad spec...

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Keys to a Winning Playbook in a Customer-Centric Supply Chain

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Supply chain management, in its most basic form, is managing the flow of goods, data and information related to a product or service – from procuring raw materials to getting the end product to its final destination. Customer satisfaction hinges on the outcome and it takes lots of players to make it happen. This is according to Bill Griebel, who re...

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A ROADMAP TO EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP: 4 PILLARS THAT DRIVE SUCCESS

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 As vice president of operations at AmSty, Jonathan Kammerer is on the road. A lot. And he wouldn't have it any other way. "I love being at the plants, helping and supporting plant managers," said Jonathan, who has served in this role since 2019, overseeing all manufacturing, engineering, quality and reliability at AmSty's seven plants. That i...

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AmSty Sustainability Milestones Showcase Innovative Spirit

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By Richard Shaw, Director, Circular Economy & Sustainability AmSty is a leading producer of polystyrene and styrene monomer. In other words, we make plastic – a material that enhances our everyday lives in many ways, from food packaging, medical supplies and bike helmets that keep us safe to refrigerators and insulation that keep us comfortable...

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A Letter to CEOs: Why Sustainability and Transparency Go Hand in Hand

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"Sustainability" is a word we hear frequently, especially as pressure mounts from investors, advocacy groups and consumers. This means companies and organizations around the globe are working diligently to achieve ambitious goals that address targets for environmental stewardship, social well-being, economic viability and more. But while sustainabi...

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AmSty Among Finalists for Global ICIS Innovation Award

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AmSty is proud to have been named a finalist for the 2023 ICIS Innovation Awards, open to companies in the chemical industry that use innovation to solve problems and provide solutions for their customers and society, as well as benefitting the environment and progressing sustainability. With offices worldwide, ICIS (Independent Commodity Intellige...

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New AmSty Sustainability Report Details Innovation Journey

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THE WOODLANDS, Texas – Thurs, July 20, 2023 – AmSty, the leading producer of styrene monomer, polystyrene and certified recycled polystyrene in the Americas, announces the release of its latest sustainability report, "Driving Sustainable Change." The report underscores the company's unwavering commitment to sustainability and highlights the transfo...

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The Power of Community in Cartagena

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The Cartagena location is the only AmSty plant outside of the U.S., and supplying polystyrene to Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America. And while a polystyrene plant requires many policies and procedures to operate safely and effectively, there's nothing formal when it comes to employees providing feedback or simply sitting down ...

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AmSty Achieves ISCC PLUS Certification at All Facilities

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The Woodlands, Texas – June 30, 2023 – AmSty, the leading producer of styrene monomer, polystyrene, and certified recycled polystyrene in the Americas, announces that all seven of its manufacturing facilities have now achieved International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) standards , called ISCC PLUS. The last two to receive c...

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From Big Sky Country to Big Innovation: Creating a Sustainable Future at Allyn’s Point

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By Steven Lake, Plant Manager at Allyn's Point Facility Growing up on a small farm/ranch in Lambert, Montana, I was raised to respect the land and to be efficient with the available resources. Food was not wasted and clothes were worn out. From an early age my parents taught us not to litter. These lessons have shaped me into the person I am t...

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AmSty Cartagena Goes Solar: New Panels to Reduce Carbon Footprint

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AmSty, a leading producer of polystyrene and styrene monomer, continues to make its mark as a company focused on sustainability with the installation of 100 kWp of solar panels on the company's office building roofs at the Cartagena, Colombia, facility. "We are proud to be taking this step toward sustainable manufacturing practices and reducing our...

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Grants Promote Foam Recycling Across the U.S.

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Environmentally conscious consumers have more ways to recycle foam polystyrene items like cups, egg cartons, foodservice containers and packaging materials thanks to grants from the Food Packaging Institute's Foam Recycling Coalition (FRC). AmSty is a proud member of FRC, which has awarded 28 grants totaling more than $1.01 million dollars since 20...

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